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October 2013 Blog Posts (19)

Featured PMP Exam Lessons Learned from Scott Gillard, PMP

This week's featured lessons learned comes to us courtesy of Scott Gillard.

In this lessons learned Scott Gillard shared with us the lessons he learned later that he wish he had learned weeks ago with regards to The PM PrepCast.



I first started my studies with only the PMBOK guide. After reading the first chapter several times, I was completely at a loss for retaining the information. Then I focused on going through The PM PrepCast videos and my PMBOK…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on October 30, 2013 at 10:10am — No Comments

Freebie Friday: Free PMI - ACP Exam Brain Dump Sheet Sample

Things to remember for your PMI-ACP Exam

Get the most powerful tools available to you for free for the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® Exam. This is the use of the “Brain Dump Sheet” both as a study aid and also to use on the day of the exam.



The information in this document is a good start for you to put together and create your own dump sheet. Remember, everyone’s sheet looks different because everyone remembers some things more easily than the…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on October 28, 2013 at 5:59am — No Comments

Free PMP Exam Sample Question

The following PMP® exam sample question is taken from the Free PMP Exam Simulator (The answer is at the very bottom):

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You have just been assigned as the project manager for an ongoing project in your company. You have…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on October 25, 2013 at 3:21am — 1 Comment

PMP Exam Tip: Read and understand your books

The PMP Exam is mainly based on A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide). The most current version was published in 2012 and…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on October 23, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

Cost is a management output

The simple fact ignored by most accountants, general management and project managers is that cost is an output from the management process, and pretending cost is a manageable input is a recipe for disaster.

Profit is the difference between the price received for doing work and the cost of doing the work. If the work is accomplished satisfactorily for less then the price that will be paid for the work the surplus is profit.  From the perspective of a project manager, profit is…

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Added by Patrick Weaver on October 22, 2013 at 10:54pm — 1 Comment

Featured PMP Exam Lessons Learned from Touhami Ghilani, PMP

This week's featured lessons learned comes to us courtesy of Touhami Ghilani.

In this lessons learned Touhami Ghilani shared with us how he passed the PMP EXAM in 7 weeks of preparation (5 to 6 hours on average per day).



A. Manage the preparation of passing the PMP as real project...



B. My project plan was scheduled on 2 periods of 4 weeks, and 1 period of 4

weeks of idle time...



C. My quality management plan...



To read about his…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on October 22, 2013 at 10:24am — No Comments

How do I balance competing investment priorities

Organisations are forever grappling with the demand of competing investments that give a varying range of benefits. How do they go about prioritising these? Most organisations use business cases as a means to filter out the projects that deserve funding from the ones that have little or no merit. This then introduces a secondary problem of spending a lot of resources on going through a business case, which will never see the light of day. How do you make sure weak business cases do not get…

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Added by Shoaib Ahmed on October 21, 2013 at 4:21am — No Comments

Freebie Friday: FREE eBook "The Short Guide to Becoming a PMP"

Free eBook for those preparing for the PMP Exam: The Short Guide to Becoming a PMP



If you want to study for the PMP Exam but don't know where to start. This Guide will help you big time!

Check this out: www.pm-prepcast.com/shortguide.



Guess what?! You can…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on October 18, 2013 at 10:23am — No Comments

Organizations Can Smoothly Work From Their Virtual Offices Through a Project Management System

Maintaining an office premises calls for heavy monetary investment as well as engages a number of employees and officials in doing nonproductive tasks.…

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Added by Sharon Thomson on October 18, 2013 at 2:17am — No Comments

Featured PMP Exam Lessons Learned from Chris Mielke, PMP

This week's featured lessons learned comes to us courtesy of Chris Mielke.



In this lesson learned Chris Mielke read the following books that helped him passed the PMP exam:



- A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge: PMBOK(R) Guide

- Head First PMP: A Brain-Friendly Guide to Passing the Project Management Professional Exam

- PMP Exam Prep, Eighth Edition: Rita's Course in a Book for Passing the PMP Exam



To read about more of his complete…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on October 17, 2013 at 7:59pm — No Comments

Earn 37 PDUs with The Agile PrepCast

Are you a certified Project Management Professional (PMP)®, Program Management Professional (PgMP)®, or PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® in need of Professional Development Units (PDUs)? Then use The Agile PrepCast™ and earn 37 PDUs.



The Agile PrepCast is a PMI-ACP Exam prep video workshop that you download to your smart phone, tablet, or computer. This means you can watch the lessons anywhere, anytime, and at your own convenience. With The Agile PrepCast there is no need…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on October 16, 2013 at 11:04am — No Comments

Predicting the Future

Only fools and the bankers who created the GFC think the future is absolutely predictable. The rest of know there is always a degree of uncertainty in any prediction about what may happen at some point in the future. The key question is either what degree of uncertainty, or in project management space what is the probability of achieving a predetermined time or cost commitment.

There are essentially three ways to deal with this uncertainty:

Option one is to hope the…

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Added by Patrick Weaver on October 13, 2013 at 5:51am — No Comments

Freebie Friday: Free PM PrepCast

Hi All,

Every Friday we present to you a free item for your PMP Exam Preparation.

This Friday, we bring you The PM PrepCast for Free!

Try this out and and you'll get free resources in the Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam Prep like the 4 free sample videos from The PM PrepCast (each in high-res and low-res), Over 15 PMP® Exam Tips Videos, Free…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on October 12, 2013 at 9:45am — No Comments

PMP Exam Tip: Prepare Mentally for the Day of the PMP Exam

After several intense and hard weeks of study and preparations, you are now ready to take on the…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on October 11, 2013 at 6:03am — No Comments

Featured PMP Exam Lessons Learned from Jayaharan C J, PMP

This week's featured lessons learned comes to us courtesy of Jayaharan C J, PMP.



In this lesson learned Jayaharan C J, PMP shares with us his experiences and tips in passing the PMP exam



A. Time is the essence : The exam offers 4 hours (240 minutes) for 200 questions which goes past in a wiz even if you have prepared thoroughly.so the shortcut to...,



B. Understand the verticals and horizontals of PMPG and KAM: You should not only understand the 42 processes…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on October 9, 2013 at 1:00am — No Comments

Freebie Friday: FREE version of The Agile PrepCast

Every Friday we present to you a free item for your PMI Exam Preparation.



For this Friday, we are offering you the Free version of the Agile PrepCast. This free version of the Agile PrepCast gives you access to nearly 4.5 hours of free training for the PMI-ACP exam.



Check this out now and prepare for your exam the Agile way!…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on October 5, 2013 at 8:58am — No Comments

Featured PMP Exam Lessons Learned from Liszt Tann, PMP

This week's featured lessons learned comes to us courtesy of Liszt Tann. In this lesson learned Liszt Tann will share with us some of her studying tactics that made her succeed in the PMP exam.



1. Made flashcards for all ITTO's, took these with me everywhere and reviewed during down time.

2. Made sure to take all 9 practice tests in the PM Simulator and review…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on October 4, 2013 at 8:44am — No Comments

How To Prepare for and Pass Your PMP Exam

It took Kevin Reilly nearly 3 times longer than he expected to study for his Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam. “I estimated 120 hours and it took me 320,” he said, in an interview with Cornelius Fichtner, host of The Project Management Podcast at www.pm-podcast.com. “I’m a pretty detail-oriented guy so I don’t think it would take everyone 320 hours to study. But of course, everyone’s an individual so you have to determine…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on October 3, 2013 at 9:31am — 1 Comment

October 2013 Discount Coupon

Hi All,

We are extending our offer! Buy the PrepCast within the month of October 2013 and still get the $18 discount. Instead of paying the regular price of $179.99, you can get The PM Prepcast for just $161.99. This offer is good from October 1-31, 2013 only.



Details on how to redeem this great deal is on thispage:

http://bit.ly/Octo2013



Until Next Time,

Cornelius Fichtner, PMP

President, OSP International LLC…

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Added by Cornelius Fichtner on October 2, 2013 at 3:56am — No Comments

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